Monthly Archives: December 2014

Leon County leads Florida in AP Physics 1 and 2 adoption

Leon County Schools leads all Florida school districts in adoption of the revolutionary new Advanced Placement physics courses, AP Physics 1 and 2, according to information on Fall 2014 enrollments provided by the Florida Department of Education. Seminole County, which … Continue reading

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I teach introductory college physics, I am a gatekeeper, and that is a good thing

From a recent article on reformed introductory science teaching in the New York Times: “Employers and government officials have spent years complaining that there are too few people — and especially too few women and blacks — with degrees in … Continue reading

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Leon County surges to 3rd place in Florida district physics ranking

With its 70% increase in high school physics enrollments this fall, Leon County surged into third place in the 2014-2015 District Physics Index (DPI) rankings of Florida school districts. The DPI is calculated by dividing a district’s total of enrollments in … Continue reading

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How changes in teacher employment are making it more difficult to attract science teachers

The brief essay shown below about how teaching is now a less attractive profession was written by Drew Isola, a physics teacher at Allegan High School in Allegan, Michigan and a 2011 winner of the American Association of Physics Teachers … Continue reading

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Physics enrollments explode at Leon County high schools

Corrected, December 27: Physics 1 numbers for Leon High School both 2013-14 and 2014-2015 were left out of the previous district total calculations. Physics course enrollments at Leon County’s public high schools have exploded this fall, increasing by 70% over last year’s … Continue reading

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Switch from Honors Physics to AP Physics 1 off to a slow start in Florida

The new AP Physics 1 and 2 courses are the most significant improvements to high school physics instruction in decades. But Florida’s public high schools are slow to make the switch from Honors Physics to AP Physics 1 that the … Continue reading

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AP Calc, Bio, Chem, Physics and Statistics growing in Florida since 2008

The numbers of students taking and passing AP courses in the subjects that prepare students for science and engineering careers – Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics – aren’t nearly as high as they should be.  But they are growing, … Continue reading

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